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Haute Event: Vegas Uncork’d Kicks Off with a Saber Off

Chef Todd English attends Follow That Food Truck during Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Apetit.

The sixth annual Vegas Uncork’d kicked off the weekend with Wolfgang Puck hosting an intimate lunch with Bon Appétit Editor in Chief, Adam Rapoport at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. As Wolfgang joked about his doubts of Spago’s success in Las Vegas, he talked about Spago’s eventual success as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. In addition to treating guests to personal anecdotes, he also served up Austrian White Asparagus Salads, Grilled French Sea Basses Loup De Mer and Strawberries and Cream.

After the intimate luncheon, chefs from Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay descended on the Caesars Palace fountains to officially mark the beginning of Vegas Uncork’d. There were rounds of cheers from both chefs and spectators as Wolfgang Puck sabered off a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco. Sparkling wine gushed out when Wolfgang accidentally dropped the bottle, and Susan Feniger of Border Grill shared a laugh with Scott Conant of Scarpetta when they were caught in the spray of wine.

Later in the evening, Caesars Palace hosted a series of Master Series Dinners where Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay, François Payard, The Pellegrino Family and Michel Richard served up signature dishes at the same time to a crowd of hungry diners.

To wrap up the first night of Vegas Uncork’d, 15 of Las Vegas’ most sought after food trucks descended on Bellagio’s Hidden Drive for Follow That Food Truck. Guests enjoyed bites from Sin City Wings, Fatt Daddy’s Ice Cream and Bens BBQ food trucks and more, while mingling with world-renowned chefs such as Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Todd English.

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New York February / March 2014
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